So there’s no need to read consumer reports on different baby carriers. After my husband and I went through several, we settled on the Ergo Baby. We tried Native Carrier, the lastest lumbar-support version of Baby Bjorn, and also used the Moby Wrap for a while.
New Native Carrier:
Pros: small, portable, easy to fold and stuff in bag, not much to wash
Cons: hurts your shoulder after a while, one-sided, and only fits a certain frame size.
The bottom line is that if you and your husband vary in height and most likely torso length by more than 3-6 inches, you need to buy two sling-style New Native carriers for each of you.
Pros: Adjustable, and can be used by more than one person’s frame size, some shoulder support, easy to get baby in and out.
Cons: I had major upper body pain from this carrier, all the weight is on your shoulders, with no weight transfered to your hips, the black colored one gets really hot in the summer
Pros: One of the least expensive, lots of elasticity which replicates life in the womb, can be tied for front, back and side carrying, can be used with twins, can be adjusted for all sized-people.
Cons: It’s a big long piece of cloth, so it’s always dragging on the ground in public places while you are getting it on. Can be hot in the summer, since it is thick, stretchy fabric.
Ergo Baby: Yeah, hands down the winner as best carrier
Pros: Pretty easy to get on, and get baby in it, extra pockets for keys and wallet, extra safety features and straps in case a closure fails, comes in different colors which stays cooler, lots of shoulder and back support to transfer weight to your hips so you can bear it for hours.
Cons: You have to pay even more money for this infant insert in order for a newborn to fit into the carrier
The Ergo Baby Carrier is by far the best, with the Moby Wrap coming in second. However the Moby Wrap gets hotter, has stretchy fabric which can sag alot when your baby gets bigger, and drags on the ground as you are putting it on.
My husband went hiking for hours with our baby with Ergo Baby Carrier and loved it.